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Sculpture to go back on display at Colchester gallery

3 March 2017

A controversial sculpture by a renowned artist which sparked a public debate will go back on display at Firstsite Gallery in Colchester.

The Crucifixion of Mankind, a giant mahogany carving by the late Connor Barrett which depicts a baby impaled on a sword, had adorned the wall at Colchester Library since the 1980s when it was gifted to Essex County Council.

So when the graphic artwork was removed during a recent refurbishment of the library, it sparked a public debate.

The carving depicts the crucifixion of Christ and a soldier stabbing a child, which is a reference to King Herod’s order for all infants in Bethlehem to be killed when Jesus was born.

It will now go on display at Firstsite Gallery from 3 March and could become part of a touring exhibition around Colchester.